Auntie Joy wins the 2016 Regret Stakes.

Auntie Joy wins the 2016 Regret Stakes.

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Auntie Joy Faces 13 in Pucker Up at Arlington

Regret Stakes victress (gr. IIIT) is the lone graded stakes winner among 14 entered.

Auntie Joy, the lone graded stakes winner in the field, will be opposed by a full gate of 13 other 3-year-old fillies going nine furlongs over the turf course at Arlington International Racecourse in the Aug. 13 Pucker Up Stakes (gr. IIIT).

Auntie Joy went wire-to-wire to win the Regret Stakes (gr. IIIT) at Churchill Downs in June after having just missed Catch a Glimpse by three-quarters of a length in the Edgewood Stakes (gr. IIIT) under the Twin Spires. Those two efforts make her the most accomplished runner here, even though she faded to sixth in the July 9 Belmont Oaks Invitational (gr. IT) at 10 furlongs.  She can be placed on or near the lead.

Noble Beauty ran second in the Regret, 1 1/4 lengths behind Auntie Joy, for trainer Chad Brown. She, too, was pitched into the Belmont Oaks, but never got involved and finished eighth. The off-the-pace runner charged home to finish second in the Honey Ryder Stakes at Gulfstream Park in May.

Inconclusive was placed first in the Tawee Stakes last out after finishing behind Nawlins Kitty by a neck. She won the Northbound Pride Oaks two back and was second earlier this season in the Bourbonette Oaks (gr. III) on Polytrack.

Nobody's Fault is two-for-two in her brief career, both victories coming at Arlington. She has tracked and pounced in both efforts.

Try Your Luck was third in the Regret and third in a division of the Tawee. Nawlins Kitten was disqualified after finishing first in the Tawee’s other division, but she has crossed the wire first in both her starts and the late runner may show continued improvement. 

Havana Dream has never been off the board in five starts and outfinished Try Your Luck for second in the Tawee. She also is one to watch here.

Felt in Pocket and Moms Choice are both last-out wire-to-wire allowance optional claiming winners at Arlington over the Polytrack, but they have not shown much in their graded stakes tries yet. Miss Gossip ran well to be second in her first U.S. start and wheels back in two weeks.

Entries: Pucker Up S. (G3T)

Arlington International Racecourse, Saturday, August 13, 2016, Race 10

  • Grade IIIT
  • 1 1/8m
  • Turf
  • $100,000
  • 3 yo Fillies
  • 5:52 PM (local)
11Inconclusive (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateRobby Albarado124Richard R. Scherer30/1
22Nobody's Fault (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateFlavien Prat118Chris M. Block20/1
33Try Your Luck (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateCorey J. Lanerie118Michael J. Maker9/2
44Galilea (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateJoe Bravo118Grant T. Forster30/1
55Miss Gossip (IRE)Seamie Heffernan118Andrew McKeever15/1
66Felt in Pocket (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateConstantino Roman118Eoin G. Harty12/1
77Nawlins Kitty (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateShaun Bridgmohan118William B. Bradley12/1
88Moms Choice (KY)Jose Valdivia, Jr.118Larry Rivelli8/1
99Auntie Joy (KY)Brian Joseph Hernandez, Jr.122Brendan P. Walsh7/2
1010Princess Erindelle (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateCarlos H. Marquez, Jr.118Hugh H. Robertson30/1
1111Noble Beauty (KY)Florent Geroux118Chad C. Brown3/1
1212Fitpitcher (KY)Marcelino Pedroza118Jose Fernandez30/1
1313Bonita Cat (KY)Keeneland Sales GraduateMitchell Murrill120Michael B. Campbell30/1
1414Havana Dream (KY)Jose Lezcano118Mark E. Casse12/1